SURF and SURF-PI: A File Format and API for Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring Public Datasets

Abstract

In this paper we propose a common file format and API for public Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring (NILM) datasets such that researchers can easily evaluate their approaches across the different datasets and benchmark their results against prior work. The proposed file format enables storing the power demand of the whole house along with individual appliance consumption, and other relevant metadata in a single compact file, whereas the API supports the creation and manipulation of individual files and datasets in the proposed format.